Due to the ongoing improvements taking place at the Sportsground, which include the covering of the East terrace and erection of a 300+ seater covered stand on the West side, the pre season clash between Connacht and the Exeter Chiefs on August the 13th will now take place in Dubarry Park in Athlone, with a kick off time of 5.30pm.
Dubarry Park is the home of Buccaneers RFC as well as the Ireland U20 side and has hosted a number of high profile matches including recent Under-20 clashes against South Africa, Wales and England.
Speaking to Connachtrugby.ie about the switch of venue head coach Eric Elwood said: “Our first match this season against the Exeter Chiefs was initially planned to be played in the Sportsground but with the redevelopment work that’s going on at the moment that’s not going to be possible so the game is scheduled for Dubarry Park in Athlone. It provides us with a great opportunity to get out and around the province and engage with our supporters.
The Chiefs are very similar club to ourselves, last season was their first in the Premiership and like us they will hope to build on the good work they put in last year. This will be the first chance supporters will have to see the new squad play together and also the first opportunity for the players to impress the coaches so everyone’s really excited.”
The newly formed Connacht Rugby Supporters Club will be helping with travel arrangements to and from the game and more details will be announced shortly.
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